Regeneration in The Anthropocene

Lynda Davies

Artist Statement

Narratives conveyed in my work are imbued with a sense of exploration, wonder and wellbeing. The natural beauty of flora and fauna lend significant influence throughout my painting and sculptural practices. My sculptural work most often celebrates whimsy and is grounded in a contemporary expressionist style, but often features a measure of the figurative as well. The approach I take with my painting, while still representative of an abstract expressionist style, is more intuitive and spontaneous. Thumbnail sketches are occasionally done in a sketchbook, or on the actual canvas. My work is meant to express a sense of optimism, I want to captivate the viewerโ€™s gaze and ignite imagination.

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Crosscut Eucalyptus 1, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24โ€

In this series of 6 paintings, differing methodologies are employed but similar colour pallets are used in creating a visual study of the Eucalyptus Deglupta tree. This tree, indigenous to Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, is sometimes called rainbow eucalyptus, painted Eucalyptus, Mindanao gum, or rainbow gum. What I have found fascinating about this tree is its continued regeneration and shedding process. As the tree grows, the outer layers of bark split and peel off, exposing the underlying surfaces. With each layer of bark that is shed, a chemical reaction alters its colour at different stages of the process, providing the viewer with a virtual rainbow of colours.

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Crosscut Eucalyptus 2, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24″
Regeneration in The Anthropocene, Eucalyptus Deglupta, 2021
Acrylic on panel 4 x 7โ€™
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For The Senses

Silent, but for a creak in wind, a rustle, a snap, a gentle thud, springing forth anew.

Perfume arousing, captivating, bewitching, alluring, repelling, betraying ipseity.

A kaleidoscope of cast, iridescence, luminosity, quiet exhibition.

Coarse shielding tegument, bland, antonymic variation, vulnerable.

A stand of unity, community, nurturing, resilient, pinioned.

Produces pour forth, solvent, intoxicant, fruitful, steadfast.

Food for the body and soul, essence, vitality, inspirational, paramount.

Eucalyptus Deglupta 1, 2020,
Acrylic on canvas,
18 x 36โ€ 
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Eucalyptus Deglupta 2, 2020 Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 36″
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Eucalyptus Deglupta 3, 2020,
Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 36″
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Lynda Davies

Bio Before graduating from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, I studied interior design at Fanshawe College in London and fashion design at Ryerson University in Toronto. Growing up in Northern Ontario, now based in Vancouver, nature has influenced my subject matter and the materials used in my work. I enjoy working in a variety of mediums including: acrylic, oil, watercolour, pencil, encaustic, and ceramics, but my first love is oil painting. Some of my pieces and commissions have been sold to private collectors in Canada, England, Australia, and Bermuda.